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The Promise
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Gabriel Yared
Label: Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 02 June 2017

Lakeshore Records release Gabriel Yared's score for The Promise. It also includes the original song 'The Promise' written and performed by singer/songwriter Chris Cornell, and an exclusive version of the Armenian folk song 'Sari Siroun Yar' by Serj Tankian performing with the Authentic Light Orchestra (feat. Veronika Stalder). It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the vast Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople (Istanbul), its once vibrant, multicultural capital is about to be consumed by chaos. Michael Boghosian, arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun...

Not to be confused with the composers score for A Promise (2013), Gabriel Yared delivers some interesting and multi-layered themes here. Of particular note is the opening 'Voyage to Constantinople'; the choral based 'Gohanamk'; 'Ana and Michael'; 'Leaving Refugee Camp'; and 'Mourning'.

The album contains 17 tracks (51 min, 59 sec). The late Chris Cornell, who is probably best known for singing the theme tune to Casino Royale, performs 'The Promise', another strong theme song, even if it does end rather abruptly.

Overall, it's a strong score with one main theme that's woven throughout the tracks, as well as a handful of lesser themes that are notable.


Darren Rea

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